Definition of Mali in US English:


proper noun

  • A landlocked country in West Africa, south of Algeria, in the Sahel except for desert in the north; population 17,600,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Bamako; languages, French (official) and others mainly of the Mande group.

    Conquered by the French in the late 19th century, Mali became part of French West Africa. It was a partner with Senegal in the Federation of Mali in 1959 and achieved full independence a year later, when Senegal withdrew

    Former name (until 1958) French Sudan